News from East Midlands Trains

27.05.2010

East Midlands Trains joins Stagecoach drive to help Britain go green

  • Green Week programme to raise employee and customer awareness 
  • Range of activities planned at East Midlands Trains 
  • Initiative follows recognition for Stagecoach environmental progress

Stagecoach Group is launching a major drive next week (31 May – 4 June) to help Britain go green, with a week of environmental awareness activities taking place across its bus and rail businesses, including East Midlands Trains.

The Perth-based transport group will use the week to highlight the environmental benefits of using public transport as well as informing staff and passengers of ways in which Stagecoach is reducing its own carbon footprint.

Since the inaugural Stagecoach Green Week in 2009, the company has made significant strides in its drive to take action on climate change. In March, Stagecoach became the first Scottish-based transport company to be awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard after reducing the carbon intensity of its UK businesses by 5.7%* in the three years to 30 April 2009.

And the Group recently launched a new sustainability strategy ‘Revolution in the Way We Travel’ which outlined an £11million green investment programme and set a range of environmental targets for Stagecoach’s bus and rail businesses over the next five years.

East Midlands Trains also recently launched its first Environmental Plan, which sets out the company’s strategy for managing its environmental impact and outlines a number of green objectives.

Launching Green Week 2010, Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Brian Souter said: “We want to play our part in helping Britain go green. Going by bus and train can save people time and money - as well as cutting their carbon footprint. We hope Green Week will help highlight the benefits of greener, smarter travel and show what we are doing as a company to make our business more sustainable.”

Throughout Green Week, staff and passengers across all areas of the business are being invited to participate in a variety of awareness-raising activities.

At East Midlands Trains, a number of activities are planned with stations, offices and maintenance depots all taking part. Information on green issues will be provided to East Midlands Trains’ employees throughout the week as well as advice on ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint both at work and at home. Eco-idea sessions will be held for staff along with manager Q&A sessions and employee competitions, and East Midlands Trains employees will be handing out eco-friendly giveaways to passengers on the network, including information on the company’s green achievements over the past 12 months.

Stagecoach is also searching for the 2010 Stagecoach Green Champion – an employee nominated by his or her colleagues who is felt to be contributing significantly to reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Stagecoach reports annually on its carbon emissions and discloses its global carbon footprint to the Carbon Disclosure Project, the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emissions database.

Highlights and achievements at East Midlands Trains to date have included: 

  • Cutting energy use at East Midlands Trains by over 2.5m kWh in 2009/10, a year-on-year reduction of 5.5% 
  • Completing the largest trial of fuel additives anywhere in the rail industry - by using Diesolift in its local train fleet the company has cut carbon emissions from these trains by 4% 
  • Appointing Environment Champions at principle stations to help get all staff involved in projects which cut carbon emissions, reduce waste and increase recycling. 
  • Increasing recycling at maintenance depots to more than 80% by working with local waste recycling companies and improving awareness.

Stagecoach Group’s sustainability strategy is focused on: 

  • Meeting and exceeding regulatory obligations 
  • Investing in more fuel-efficient vehicles 
  • Using alternative, renewable fuels 
  • Training employees in more efficient driving techniques 
  • Saving energy at offices and depots 
  • Conserving and recycling water 
  • Reducing and recycling waste 
  • Reducing business travel 
  • Providing affordable bus and rail travel

For further information on Stagecoach Group visit www.stagecoachgroup.com.
  
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